Davis Center 75th Anniversary Celebration Schedule of Events

A quiz show, a cocktail party, academic panels, and a gala dinner are just some of the features of our anniversary weekend.

Friday, October 27, 2023 (afternoon / evening)

Please note: Some events on this date are for REECA/SUP alumni and current students only.

2:00 – 3:15 PM

In Conversation: Journalist Yevgenia Albats  

Recently profiled by The New Yorker (before leaving Moscow) and NPR (after).

3:30 – 4:30 PM

Guided Exhibition Tour

Exhibition featuring photographs and interviews from Ukraine by Anastasia Taylor-Lind and Davis Center fellow and alumna Alisa Sopova, in addition to work by other Harvard students and scholars.

Tour led by Eve Blau, Faculty Director, Davis Center; Adjunct Professor of the History and Theory of Urban Form and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design; Co-director, Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative  

4:30 – 9:00 PM

Special reunion activities just for REECA/SUP alumni and their guests, as well as current students. These include an interactive case study taught by Davis Center faculty associate Rawi Abdelal and an evening reception at the Harvard Faculty Club — complete with trivia quiz show!


Saturday, October 28, 2023 (full day)

Saturday’s events will kick off in the current home of the Davis Center, CGIS South, with a champagne breakfast followed by a keynote lecture, panels on regional issues, student research highlights, and a gala dinner at Harvard's Art Museum. 

8:30 – 9:15 AM

Champagne Breakfast  

9:15 – 9:30 AM


9:30 – 10:30 AM

Keynote Address: "Past, Present and Future of Putin’s Russia (and What Comes Next)"
Sergei Guriev, Professor and Provost, Sciences Po  

10:30 – 10:45 AM

Coffee Break  

10:45 – 12:15 PM

Panel 1: "War in Ukraine: Where Are We Now?"

An overview of the war’s military aspects as well as the latest thinking in Kyiv, Moscow, and Washington. 

Moderator: Eve Blau, Faculty Director, Davis Center, and Adjunct Professor of the History and Theory of Urban Form and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design


  • Serhii Plokhii (Plokhy), Mykhailo Hrushevs’kyi Professor of Ukrainian History and Director, Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University 
  • Fiona Hill, Senior Fellow, Center on the United States and Europe, Foreign Policy Program, Brookings Institution
  • Angela Stent, Senior Advisor, Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service; Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution   
  • Nataliya Bugayova, Non-Resident Russia Fellow, Institute for the Study of War 

12:15 – 1:15 PM


1:15 – 2:30 PM

Panel 2: "What Has the War Taught Us About Russia?" 

Our changing understanding of Russian politics, the Russian economy, the Soviet Union, and Slavic literature and culture. 

Moderator: Alexandra Vacroux


  • Terry Martin, George F. Baker III Professor of Russian Studies, Harvard University 
  • Michael Kunichika, Professor of Russian, Director of the Amherst Center for Russian Culture, Amherst College  
  • Tim Colton, Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian Studies, Harvard University 
  • Alexandra Prokopenko, Researcher, Centre for East European and International Studies; Non-Resident Scholar, Carnegie Russia Eurasia Center 

2:30 – 2:45 PM

Coffee Break  

2:45 – 4:15 PM

Panel 3: "How Has the War Against Ukraine Changed Regional Dynamics?" 

Moderator: Natasha Yefimova-Trilling


  • Oxana Shevel, Associate Professor of Political Science, Tufts University 
  • Stephen Jones, Director, Georgian Studies Program, Davis Center, Harvard University 
  • Nargis Kassenova, Senior Fellow, Program on Central Asia, Davis Center, Harvard University 

4:15 – 5:15 PM

Notes from the Frontline: Alumni and Artists at Work

Moderator: Kelly O'Neill

5:15 – 6:15 PM

Student Research Highlights   

6:45 – 7:30 PM

Cocktail Hour

7:30 – 9:30

Gala Dinner